Consultation: Draft Guiding Principles to Optimise Intensive Care Capacity

The ACI Intensive Care NSW network is seeking feedback on the draft Guiding Principles to Optimise Intensive Care Capacity.

The aim of the guiding principles is to improve hospital patient flow and improve the experience of patients, their families and staff. They have been developed to:

  • highlight strategies to reduce ICU exit block and optimise utilisation of intensive care resources
  • align with the key elements of the Ministry of Health Patient Flow Systems Framework
  • support local sites to identify opportunities to optimise hospital and intensive care capacity, based on local needs
  • support improvement initiatives, including undertaking sustainable changes and ongoing quality improvement practices
  • provide considerations and suggested solutions for development, both within the ICU and across the whole facility.

This document is intended for use by ICU and Patient Flow teams, managers and change agents within facilities and LHDs.

Consultation information

Consultation on the draft document will close on 1 March.

All LHDs, SHNs, Pillars, relevant professional associations and consumer advocacy groups are invited to provide feedback using this online form. Comments may be on:

  • factual accuracy
  • clinical content
  • impact on practice
  • missing links to relevant policies.

Following this consultation process, the document will undergo an editing process, therefore feedback on issues such as spelling or grammar is not required.

When completing the feedback form, please be as explicit as possible with your feedback (for example, indicating the relevant page number and section). The ACI will contact you directly if clarification is required.

Following the consultation period, responses will be collated and reviewed, and the final revised document will be published on the ACI website and distributed to stakeholders.


Please direct any questions to Leesa Hawkins, Clinical Project Officer, Intensive Care NSW at or (02) 9412 8235.

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